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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Tom Bishop
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Quarto)

Pericles Prince of Tyre.
Li. Why, I cannot name but I shall offend.
Ma. I cannot be offended with my trade, please you to
Li. How long haue you bene of this profession?
1850Ma. Ere since I can remember.
Li. Did you goe too't so young, were you a gamester
at fiue, or at seuen?
Ma. Earlyer too Sir, if now I bee one.
Ly. Why? the house you dwell in proclaimes you to
1855be a Creature of sale.
Ma. Doe you knowe this house to be a place of such
resort, and will come intoo't? I heare say you're of honou-
rable parts, and are the Gouernour of this place.
Li. Why, hath your principall made knowne vnto
1860you who I am?
Ma. Who is my principall?
Li. Why, your hearbe-woman, she that sets seeds and
rootes of shame and iniquitie.
O you haue heard something of my power, and so
1865stand aloft for more serious wooing, but I protest to thee
prettie one, my authoritie shall not see thee, or else looke
friendly vpon thee, come bring me to some priuate place:
Come, come.
Ma. If you were borne to honour, shew it now, if put
1870vpon you, make the iudgement good, that thought you
worthie of it.
Li. How's this? how's this? some more, be sage.
Mar. For me that am a maide, though most vngentle
Fortune haue plac't mee in this Stie , where since I came,
1875diseases haue beene solde deerer then Phisicke, that the
gods would set me free from this vnhalowed place, though
they did chaunge mee to the meanest byrd that flyes i'th
purer ayre.
Li. I did not thinke thou couldst haue spoke so well,
1880nere dremp't thou could'st, had I brought hither a cor-
rupted minde, thy speeche had altered it, holde, heeres